Frank Baldwin Award

Mr. Basketball

Affectionately known as “Mr. Basketball,” Frank Baldwin was the Executive Director of Basketball Nova Scotia from 1972 until 1986. Some of his many accomplishments were leading Queen Elizabeth High School to the 1950 Canadian Juvenile Championships. He is an inductee of the Saint Mary’s Sports Hall of Fame, where he founded and coached their basketball team from 1952-1962. Frank was also inducted as a Builder into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1979 and Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1983.
Frank passed his knowledge, candy, and love of the game along to many players and coaches throughout the province and was a tremendous ambassador for Nova Scotia basketball, nationally.

2023 Frank Baldwin Award
Nomination Application


To annually give formal recognition to a significant Builder of the game of Basketball in Nova Scotia.

Selection Criteria

This prestigious award is in recognition of an individual(s), who like Frank, has made a significant long-term contribution to the development of the sport of basketball in Nova Scotia. Preference towards a person who has been involved in developing Nova Scotia Minor and/or Provincial team programs at some point in time.

*Note: more than one, but no more than three individuals may receive the award, if agreed to by the Board.


  • BNS Award Selection Committee will review submissions and present a list of winners to the BNS Board of Directors.
  • Board members will vote to determine award recipient(s), award winners will be notified by BNS.
  • Nominations will remain in place and be automatically reconsidered for the next two years.
  • Award will be announced on social media to successful candidate(s) 

How to Nominate

  • All nominations must be submitted by September 24th to be eligible for the award.


  • Individual(s) name will be placed on the permanent plaque that is kept on display at the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame.
  • An engraved plaque with Individual’s name, Frank Baldwin Award recipient and Year

Previous Winners

Dwight Jones, Lezlie States, and Ronnie Shaw

2022 The late Dwight Jones was instrumental in the development and growth in popularity of basketball in the Amherst region through his efforts in the…

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Curtis Coward, Mike MacKay & Mike Brien

2020 Halifax, NS (August 10th, 2020) – Basketball may not be the same right now, but we can’t wait to get back on the court….

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Maria Fraser, Keith Andrews & Colter Simmonds

2019 Halifax, NS (July 3, 2019) – Basketball Nova Scotia is excited to announce the Frank Baldwin Award Winners at the 2019 Eastlink Classic Basketball tournament….

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Bev Greenlaw & Rick Plato

2018 Rick Plato: Two-time AUS Coach of the Year, Rick Plato has just completed his fifth season with the Tigers. In his first four seasons,…

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Wade Smith, Jack Murphy, Mike Kennedy, Chuck Smith, Mark Parker, Eric Dolliver, David Harris

Bill Thow

Simon Chiasson

Renda and Casey VanderToorn, Tim Kendrick & Ed McHugh

Lowell Cormier & Jim Gannon

Kent Balish & Bob Nauss

Gail MacDougall

Carolyn Savoy

Bob Douglas

Ian MacMillan

Gail Rice

Steve Konchalski

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